The Sanatorium


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"A chilling debut in which a detective must uncover the dark history of a luxury hotel in the Alps if she has any hope of stopping the deaths that won't let up... Half-hidden by forest and overshadowed by threatening peaks, Le Sommet has always been a sinister place. Once a sanatorium treating tuberculosis patients, it was abandoned years ago and had fallen into disrepair. Long plagued by troubling rumours, it has recently been renovated into a lavish hotel. And an imposing, isolated hotel, high up in the Swiss Alps, is the ...

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Jan 21, 2021

A creepy and atmospheric read

Iâ??ve always been fascinated by abandoned buildings, Urbexing is something I have always wanted to try but been too scared to make a reality! The most beautiful and atmospheric of these are abandoned Sanatoriums - large and magnificent architectural masterpieces which have such a turbulent and troubled history. Therefore the setting of The Sanatorium; an asylum which has been renovated to a chic hotel on the Swiss Alps really peaked my interest. When murders start occurring and an avalanche cuts the hotel off from civilisation, Elin Warner, a detective on a career break after a disturbing case finds herself in charge.

There is much to like about The Sanatorium, and this doesnâ??t just extend to the brilliant setting of the book. The crimes themselves are creepy, with the assailant wearing a black, rubber gas mask with a hose connecting the mouth and nose. This imagery stuck with me and is so creepy when reading after dark!

I also really enjoyed the characters â?" particularly Elin who has a lot of previous trauma, claustrophobia and commitment issues which are explored throughout. Although she is a detective it was nice to have someone with flaws and personal issues to overcome and it never felt clich?© like it has in previous crime fiction stories I have read. I also liked that you never really trusted anyone in the book â?" they all felt well-rounded and realistic but your guard was up the whole way through and there were plenty of red herrings to confuse you. My only criticism would be the end few chapters â?" I didnâ??t understand the reveal twist at the end and donâ??t think it added much to the story â?" is it trying to set up a second book perhaps? The epilogue was nice to wrap things up but again didnâ??t really feel needed â?" it just summed up everything we already knew.

Overall, The Sanatorium is an atmospheric and creepy read which kept me hooked trhoughout. Thank you to NetGalley & Random House UK & Transworld Publishers â?" Bantam Press for the chance to read the ARC in exchange for an honest review.

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